Wedding in Bellagio

While I was reading my book on the beach in Bellagio, a message arrives from Michael asking for my availability to take pictures of their wedding for about an hour, in Bellagio, asking for only 20 photos printed in an album to keep as a souvenir. 

The email also wrote about the disappointment they had with their marriage company (from England). They were already in Bellagio. 


For the requested date I was available so after a first meeting in my Studio, in Salita Monastero 16 in Bellagio, we quickly agree on everything: 

I would have made the prints because they wanted to go home with the album ready. 

They wanted 20 photos printed to remember their day. 

Request of 1 hour of photo shoot including the ceremony. 

My hourly rate for weddings suited them and after agreeing on the price of the 20 prints, plus the album to buy, we say goodbye. 

Anyone who knows my work knows that for 1 hour of work I also deliver 30 edited digital files, out of a selection sent of about 120-200 shots. 


On the day of the wedding we were only the bride and groom, the witnesses (2 bellagini), the celebrant with the official translator and myself.
20 minutes of ceremony and then off to the alleys and climbs of Bellagio to take some souvenir shots. 

In the end in their case I sent a selection of 345 shots from which they chose 30. Of these 20 were printed for the album. 


One thing made me think: 

How could it happen that two people who are about to get married do not find an agreement within days of their wedding with their wedding company on a photographer for their needs. 

Having met the couple, I can say that they are exquisite and very polite people.
Where was the hitch? Did the photographer ask for too much? Has the company loaded too much on the photographer’s work? Or has the photographer given up for a more profitable service? 

I don’t know and I don’t care. I only care that I have done my job as always with the utmost professionalism, 1 or 10 hours of marriage does not matter. 


For me the important thing is that two people left Bellagio happy with my work and with an album handmade by me.

Wedding in Bellagio

Wedding in Bellagio

Wedding in Bellagio

Wedding in Bellagio

Wedding in Bellagio

Wedding in Bellagio

Wedding in Bellagio

Wedding in Bellagio

Wedding in Bellagio

Wedding in Bellagio

Wedding in Bellagio


Surprise Engagement in Bellagio

“Hello! Are you available tomorrow for a photo shoot? ”

I will always remember these first words of Carmen.
Carmen is a girl who lives in California and wanted to make a surprise proposal to her partner Elena, an Italian girl who lives and studies in California.
After the first messages and the first requests made by Carmen, I immediately realize that what she asks me to organize will be unforgettable. The tight time to organize all the surprise, for the evening of the next day, was against us but with the right knowledge I managed to make what Carmen requested feasible.
I found the only place in Borgo in Bellagio with a little privacy and everything for them, a terrace in the Central Hotel in Bellagio.
Obviously Elena knew nothing and we started the photo shoot through the streets of the Borgo di Bellagio and then ended up in the hotel with the excuse that I had booked a small aperitif for them.
What can I say, the surprise was great.
The thrill of having immortalized this moment was enormous.
Thanks also to the Pirovano brothers who in record time provided me with the flowers needed to decorate the terrace.
Here are some shots of the day.
Thank you Carmen for choosing me as your photographer.


Surprise Engagement in Bellagio

Surprise Engagement in Bellagio

Surprise Engagement in Bellagio

Surprise Engagement in Bellagio

Surprise Engagement in Bellagio

Surprise Engagement in Bellagio

Surprise Engagement in Bellagio


A betrothed in Bellagio

These are the stories I like. 

Some time ago I was contacted by a girl who asked me if I also do film photography workshops, since she had seen one of my proposals online where I took black and white photos with film to tourists. 

And since one of her friends is about to get married and being the bride-to-be passionate about photography, her friends have decided to surprise her! 

I have never considered myself a master at what I have always done but I consider myself, (as my photography teacher also says :-)) an eternal student. 

In short, motion prevails in me: Never stop learning! 

Since I manage my photographic technique and subsequent development quite well, the workshop proposal is created in shooting in black and white with film and subsequent development. 


The day of the photo session arrives. 

The bride-to-be is super surprised! she did not suspect anything and the surprise of her friends succeeds perfectly. 

After the initial phase where she becomes familiar with the camera I give her, a Nikon F60 with a 28mm 2.8, a photographic kit that helps a lot during the shooting phase. 

I explain to her how I would like her to take pictures of her, explaining my shooting method, in order to develop the rolls quite similar. 

In all honesty I have to say that the photos turned out very well, for it was the first time he shot in black and white with film. 

We take 3 negatives between Ilford HP5 + 400 and Ilford Delta Pro 400. For development I use Ilford ID-11 in 1 + 1. 

I scan the photos to show them how the photographs they took turned out. 

The texture that the film has for me has a romanticism of other times, elegant. 


Brava! 

Here are some shots taken by me during the photo session.

Photo Shoot in Bellagio
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